Dygdala Zofia

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Story of Rescue - Dygdala Zofia

I had such heartfelt sympathy for those whose lives were threatened for no other reason but that they were Jews,” recalls Zofia, who grew up in a Polish- Jewish environment and spent the war years with her family in Przemyśl.

Not quite twenty yet, Zofia put all of her energies during the war to rescuing the persecuted. The Komperdas had been friends for many years with the Meisters, a Jewish family that, as of 1942, faced the threat of relocation to the ghetto. At her aunt's house in the country, Zofia hid her school friend Łucja, the Meisters' youngest daughter. By a miracle, she also managed to acquire Aryan papers made out to a Władysław Jach for Łucja's brother Tolek, who was now able to obtain employment with Mr. Komperda's company. Tolek survived the war and stayed in Poland, having kept his occupation- era name. He remains in contact with Zofia to this day.

Zofia was also able to rescue two Jewish girls from the streets of Przemyśl and find them a surrogate home. Zofia is very modest and she does not consider herself a hero. “I was nineteen and I believed that it just had to work,” she says, explaining that she simply could not have acted otherwise.

Bibliography

  • Gutman Israel red. nacz., Księga Sprawiedliwych wśród Narodów Świata, Ratujący Żydów podczas Holocaustu, Kraków 2009
  • Archiwum Żydowskiego Instytutu Historycznego, 349, 1664